Jordi Savall Playing the Viola da Gamba

Jordi Savall i Bernadet is a Spanish-Catalan viol player, conductor, and composer. He has been one of the major figures in the field of early music since the 1970s, largely responsible for bringing the viol (viola da gamba) back to life on the stage. His repertory ranges from Medieval to Renaissance and Baroque music. (8:24 min)

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  1. Redroom Studios says:

    a very moody and evocative piece… I like the tonal range of this instrument! I started exploring into Medieval music several years ago… you can definitely hear that influence coming through in his playing here, but his approach is more interpretive and abstract in this performance compared to the highly melodic based stuff I am familiar with.

    I wonder if you know what a hurdy gurdy is? a very cool Medieval instrument… look it up!

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  3. shapeshift says:

    Yeah, this is wonderful. I think Jordi Savall is best when he plays the Viola da Gamba solo. The sound on this video is great too, especially if you hook your computer up to some nice speakers.

    I’ve heard about the hurdy gurdy but never have seen it so thank you for the link. Looks like something Dead Can Dance would play.

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